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Grambling State marching band pays tribute to Prince, Black Lives Matter

‘World Famed’ kicks off the season on a high note

On Saturday, Grambling State University’s “World Famed” Tiger marching band kicked off the 2016 season in a major way, with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and musical legend Prince, who died in April. The football team opened the season at home against Virginia University of Lynchburg in Grambling, Louisiana.

In the opening minutes of the halftime show, the band members formed the letters “BLM” to honor Black Lives Matter, which has brought attention and media coverage to the aggressions and injustices against black people in the nation. Later in the performance, the band performed the song Purple Rain, one of Prince’s most famous songs and one that was played at a Black Lives Matter rally in Minneapolis after the police shooting of Philando Castile in July.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.